Rainbow Grandpa Transforms Slum into Top Tourist Attraction

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A 95-year-old war veteran set out on a creative ambition to save the slum he had been living in for 40 years, turning it into a beautiful rainbow village.

Huang Yong Fu, who resides in the suburbs of Taichung, Taiwan, gets up at 3am every day to paint his village so that he can save it from destruction as part of a redevelopment project.

His colourful murals soon convinced officials that the village – later dubbed ‘Rainbow Village’ – should stay. His artwork has turned the village into a top tourist attraction since.

Huang, who is originally from Hong Kong and fought in the Second Sino-Japanese War as a member of the Chinese Nationalist Party, came to Taiwan with his regiment in 1949.

“I’m happy that a lot of people come to see my paintings. I’m truly blessed,” Huang says.